It’s hard enough to hear about an ex’s new
relationship, but can you even imagine what it’s like when you’re both as famous as Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber? Not only does she have to hear every detail about Bieber’s quickie engagement to Hailey Baldwin, but also there’s the fact that paparazzi are hunting her down for signs of any kind of reaction to the news.
Then, lo and behold,
Gomez dared to show off long, flowing locks as she walked around New York City on July 9. After months of wearing a flirty, fun bob, is this new ’do some kind of message to first love Bieber? Does it say: Congrats, now you’ll never get all this? Or, as we would much rather believe, is it simply a girl feeling like she wants a change for herself? (Though in the middle of the summer heat, why anyone would want to add extra locks of hair is another mystery altogether.)
Most likely, Gomez’s change, like these other famous ladies listed here, isn’t purely motivated by news of an ex moving on. Still, we can’t say whether the thoughts of loves lost don’t linger somewhere in our minds. And the timing sure is interesting with these other examples.
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While Justin Bieber was confirming rumors that he was engaged and calling Hailey Baldwin “the love of my life,” Gomez was hanging out in New York City with friends. Given how short her hair was just a minute ago, this look seems rather temporary — probably for a
movie shoot, maybe also on a whim to say to herself, “I am all kinds of sexy and single!” (Photo: Splash News)
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced the end of their marriage in June 2015, and just months later, Shelton and fellow judge on
The Voice Gwen Stefani, got really flirty in public. It was probably just a strange coincidence that Lambert dyed her hair pink (such a Stefani color) for the CMA Awards in November of that year, the very same day that Shelton and Stefani made their relationship official. (Photo: Getty Images)
Whether you believe Zayn Malik is Hadid’s one true love, you know that the girl isn’t made of ice. Could it be the news that her ex Joe Jonas becoming engaged to
Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner inspired her new look? We like to imagine this free-flowing rocker style the model sported on a crisp October day was her way of celebrating. (Photo: Getty Images)
The eldest Kardashian had already moved on from Scott Disick with younger model Younes Bendjima by last fall when
she chopped off her signature locks. But we can’t help but imagine she did also feel a little pang every time she saw her ex on romantic getaways with Sofia Richie, especially their outing to Mexico in November, putting an end to rumors that theirs was a fleeting fling. Was Kourt’s haircut an effort to rid herself of those lingering feelings for good? (Photo: kourtneykardashian via Instagram)
she was trying to make a new name for herself as a theater actress, everyone was still talking about Bonas as Prince Harry’s ex, particularly as royal wedding fever heated up. It’s fitting that she looked entirely different from the long-haired Bohemian girl she was when she dated Harry from 2012 to 2014. The polished professional moved on with her life, even if many watching her hadn’t. (Photo: Getty Images)
The actress traded in her lovely brown waves for a fun blond pixie in April. She showed off the new hairstyle as she promoted a new movie and
went public with her new boyfriend. Meanwhile, her ex-husband, Robin Thicke, was experiencing new beginnings of his own, as his daughter with girlfriend April Love Geary was just born in February. Was Patton feeling young and free by comparison? (Photo: Getty Images)